Butterflies - Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)
The Dingy Skipper certainly lives up to its name, being dull brown, orange-brown or grey-brown in colour. However, on close inspection, a freshly emerged Dingy Skipper has a wonderfully intricate wing pattern.
Unlike many other butterfly species, the Dingy Skipper can often be seen resting with its wings wrapped around the flower head or stem upon which it rests, behaviour unlike most other butterfly species which rest with their wings closed above their backs.
The Dingy Skipper can be seen from the end of April until the middle of August.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa)
Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus pedunculatus)
The Dingy Skipper is found across a variety of habitats in Warwickshire but its key localities are within Brownfield sites such as the quarry complexes in the North Warwickshire area. It can also be found on waste ground and disused railways.
Resident in Warwickshire.
Ryton Meadows BC Reserve
Pooley Fields (WWT Reserve)
Harbury Spoilbank (WWT Reserve)
Goldicote Cutting (WWT Reserve)
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Dingy Skipper is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Dingy Skipper butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.